The new Richmond bus loop service is now up and running, six days a week. The loop starts and finishes in Queen Street for visiting shops and services and making easy connections to Nelson and Stoke bus routes.
The route travels to Hill Street and Champion Road in the east and to Lower Queen Street and Three Brothers Corner in the west. It's a Hail and ride route, there are only a few formal bus stops but you can wave down the bus anywhere along the route where it is safe and legal for the bus to stop. Just make sure the driver can see you.
To ride the whole Richmond Loop is just one fare zone – adult price is just $2 when you use your Bee Card. Cash is still accepted but will cost slightly more - $2.50 for adults.
The new Bee Card is a pre-paid “tag on – tag off” travel card. The card is free until the end of October and the minimum top up amount is $5. You can pick one up at beecard.co.nz, from the Council customer service centres (Richmond or Nelson), the bus station or your local library.
SuperGold card holders travel free 9am and 3pm and on all weekend services but should still obtain a free Bee card to make travel even easier.
A new fare structure across the bus network is now in place too. Read more about the changes here.(external link)